Women in the Titanic Era Discussion/Mar 1998


Query From Lori Liggett lorilig@bgnet.bgsu.edu 17 Mar 1998

I'm hoping that someone out there can point me in the right direction. I've been searching for resources pertaining to the lives of women during the time of the sinking of the Titanic (1912). I'm interested in what it was like to be an American woman in the post-Victorian, pre-WWI era--culturally, politically, economically, socially, etc. Any info would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.

Responses:

From Cynthia Russett cynthia.russett@yale.edu 18 Mar 1998

There is a lot of information and some good bibliography in Dorothy and Carl Schneider, _American Women in the Progressive Era, 1900-1920_.

From Barbara Winslow Purplewins@compuserve.com 18 Mar 1998

I have a very brief piece in my book _Sylvia Pankhurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activism_. Pankhurst was in NY when the Titanic sank. She was asked about it by reporters. Good Luck

From Mary Storsved mastorsv@badlands.nodak.edu 18 Mar 1998

For some information on the time period, check out the women's history web site. There is valuable information about women and their backgrounds on it. Site information: http://women.eb.com

From Teresa & Andrew Hobby info@spencewood.com 18 Mar 1998

The best books I know of for women's history is the 5 volume set A HISTORY OF WOMEN (Ed. Francoise Thebaud; Harvard Univ P. 1994) Volumes 4 & 5 pertain to the pre-Great War era. I purchased mine on the net at amazon.com. Also try James Trager's THE WOMEN'S CHRONOLOGY for raw data that you may interpret yourself.

If you want to chat about women in the early 20th century, contact me personally. I'd love to hear what you are doing.

From Jennifer K Kerns jkk@U.Arizona.EDU 18 Mar 1998

Re: Post-Victorian, pre-WWI women's history, you might want to check out Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz's work on the seven sisters colleges. It is definitely a view to elite women's lives, but its an interesting work, utilizing architectural history as well as the social history of women. It is called: _Alma Mater_.

From Katharine Patterson kpattera@sfu.ca 19 Mar 1998

I've been teaching a course on women writers (British) and WWI and some of my students have found Vogue magazine (published in the US) helpful and accessible.

From Stephen Whitfield 110523.512@compuserve.com 19 Mar 1998

I can offer you a mini-bio of my husband's grandmother who recently passed away at 102! Born in what was then the Hapsburg empire, she and family came tot he states when she was a preschooler. She worked for $1/week as a stenographer in NY, one of her tasks being to write condolence letters to families who lost loved ones on the Titanic. She tells all on the video we made of her. She remained an engaged, delightful storyteller and stand-up comic to the end, especially blooming when she became a widow and shed the tentacles of a domineering European husband. This woman had gone back to Europe to marry, having been promised to a young Czech man who was in the states for a time to learn hat manufacturing. Only because one of her kindergarten classmates waved a class photos from her demolished preschool, did Bessie and family get into the US under her claim of citizenship (photo as only proof), thus avoiding the impossible Rumanian quota.